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(No Shame Films) 1972. Giallo 92 Minutes. Not rated.  Lots of brightly colored blood and spectacular boobies are on view in the classic of the giallo genre. Luigi Pistill plays a failed novelist haunted by the memories of his dead mother.  He tortures and torments his wife, played by the spectacular Anita Strindberg, who in turn takes it out on his cat, Satan. Owning more than a little to Edgar Allen Poeís ĎThe Black Catí, this giallo takes off with a bang when the failed writerís mistress is found slashed to death.  A series of brutal and bloody slaying are triggered by the initial murder, but who is doing the killing?
     Like all good giallo films this one will have you guessing until the very end and, no Iím not telling you whodunit.  What do you take me for, a crazy person? The soundtrack by Bruno Nicolai is wonderful and deserves a CD release of its own.  The beautiful Edwige Fenech is a glorious gem to behold in the film and amazingly holds up really well in her recent interview that is included on the DVD. No Shame Films once again gives us a gorgeous print of a wonderful film.  The picture is crisp and clean with a 16x9 widescreen ration remastered from the original negative. The extras give us interviews with director Sergio Martini, actress Edwige Fenech and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi.  In addition there is a compilation of trailers of other films by Martino, the mandatory poster and still gallery and a nice collectible booklet that has become the trademark of a No Shame release. Iím of the opinion that No Shame Films wants all of our money as they only seem to be producing top quality DVDís for us to blow our allowance on. -Douglas A. Waltz



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